RE: singularity arrival estimate...

From: ben goertzel (
Date: Fri May 17 2002 - 11:49:48 MDT

a) I wouldn't call the Singularity a "cataclysm". a potential cataclysm,
sure, but so is every day ;>

b) we just disagree about the mass psychology involved here. I think that
modern mass societal mind can absorb pretty much any idea without "waking
up" its members in any serious way.... When practical technology comes out
that is clearly singularityward in nature -- cranial jacks, brain plugin
chips, nearhumanlevel ai's -- then people will start to wake up -- *some*
of them, probably nowhere near all. Until then it'll just be viewed as
more sci-fi, is my view. But I could be wrong...

ben g

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike & Donna Deering []
Sent: Friday, May 17, 2002 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: singularity arrival estimate...

Ben Goertzel writes:
"Yes, but how many of the people you work with, who saw The Matrix, realize
it's reasonably likely that we're living in a simulation of some sort
*right now*. "

As I said before, the critical difference between THE MATRIX and THE
SINGULARITY is that it is not highly likely that we are living in a
simulation right now but it is highly likely that THE SINGULARITY will be
here soon and make a huge difference in everyone's lives. That's why I
think the blockbuster motion picture THE SINGULARITY could wake up a
tremendous number of people to the awareness of the impending cataclysm.


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